Minister of Health and Medical Services Dr Culwick Togamana has expressed concern that some members of the public and even business owners have offered bribe to health workers in exchange for vaccination cards.
Vaccination cards are only issued after one is vaccinated.
But in his address last night on the daily COVID-18 Updates, Togamana said: “Health is very concerned on some members of the public even business owners who offered bribes for our health workers to fill their vaccination cards and that of their staff. This is indeed concerning and this unacceptable practice must be stopped. We are facing a pandemic and our health and lives are at risk.”
He said if one has an urgent need to access services or travel plans that require proof of vaccination, they can discuss this matter with his health workers or call up our National Operation Centre to provide the assistance that they may need and they will assist you.
The government has imposed vaccination cards as mandatory to enter shops, banks, government offices and even private businesses. Those travelling overseas also need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the vaccination roll-out in Honiara and the provinces is continuing and the minister has called for those who are yet to get vaccinated to get it done now and if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for the virus to get their jabs when they recover and return to negative.